A photo from the Atlanta One-Minute Play Festival, with founder Dominic D\'Andre in the foreground

Places! Aug. 14-20, 2014

Here are some of the performing arts events opening on local stages this week. Plus, the list of last-chance shows and a road trip suggestion. Hint: It involves Betty Buckley.

published Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Every week in Places!, TheaterJones rounds up the weekend and coming week for theater, music, opera, dance and comedy performances that are opening/happening on North Texas stages.

This week: View nearly 60 plays in an hour at Kitchen Dog Theater; major stars of New York City Ballet and other companies are at the Eisemann; CTD waits until dark; and Hip Pocket gets Nekkid. Or, you can go with None of the Above.

Also, take a drive to Houston and see Fort Worth's Tony-winning diva Betty Buckley in a play at the Alley.

Click on the slideshow icon in the floating menu at bottom left of your screen, and you'll see photos from some of these productions and events.





Photo: George Wada
Wait Until Dark at Contemporary Theatre of Dallas


1. The One-Minute Play Festival and Kitchen Dog Theater co-present the first Dallas One-Minute Play Festival, 8 p.m. Saturday-Monday, Aug. 16-18, at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary. New York's One-Minute Play Festival began nine years ago, and it has spread to become an event around the country, with more than 20 cities participating. This is Dallas' first year to participate. Local playwrights represented include Robin Armstrong, Robert Askins, Vicki Caroline Cheatwood, Bruce R. Coleman, Michael Federico, John M. Flores, Lina Gallegos, Blake Hackler, William Jackson Harper, Isabella Russell Ides, Crystal Jackson, Jason Johnson-Spinos, Tim Johnson, Jim Kuenzer, Joshua Kumler, Jenny Ledel, Cody Lucas, Matt Lyle, Nico Martini, Brad McEntire, Jonathan Norton, Samantha Rios, Marco Antonio Rodriguez, Tom Sime, Jared Strange, Jeff Swearingen, Alia Tavakolian, Lee Trull and Angela Wilson. Photo on the cover taken at the Atlanta One-Minute Play Festival, by Grant McGowen.

Photo: Kurt Kleinmann
Churchmouse Productions' None of the Above

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more

» Our interview with Dominic D'Andrea, founder and artistic director of New York's One-Minute Play Festival


2. The Stars of American Ballet returns to the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts, 3 p.m. Aug. 17. The performance features Tiler Peck, Megan Fairchild, Teresa Reichlen, Robert Fairchild, Andrew Veyette, Ask la Cour and Daniel Ulbricht from New York City Ballet; Misa Kuranaga, Shelby Eisbree, and Jeffrey Cirio of Boston Ballet and Estaban Hernandez from San Francisco Ballet. The program includes George Balanchine's Tarantella, Tchaikovsky pas de deux, Diamonds pas de deux and Who Cares?; Marius Petipa's iconic pas de deux from Le Corsaire; Christopher Wheeldon's Mercurial Manoevres; and Johan Kobborg's critically acclaimed ballet Les Lutins (The Gobblins).

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more

» Enter our ticket giveaway for this show


3. Churchmouse Productions presents Jenny Lynn Bader's None of the Above at the Bath House Cultural Center, Aug. 14-30. This quirky romantic comedy about the SAT's pits Jamie, a privileged teen, against Clark, her bookish tutor, in a high stakes duel of wit and study habits all in the pursuit of a perfect score.

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


4. Hip Pocket Theatre presents Johnny Simons' latest play about the Wisepeckers, played by Gary Payne and Kristi Ramos Toler, Nekkid With the Cats: A Wisepecker Conundrum, Aug. 15-Sept. 7. Expect some pantomime, lip-synching and shenanigans.

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


5. Contemporary Theatre of Dallas does Frederick Knott's thriller Wait Until Dark, Aug. 15-Sept. 7, in a production directed by Sharon Benge and featuring Krishna Smitha, Bill Jenkins, Bryan Pitts, Seth Johnston and Ian Moore.

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more



Photo: IAW Art Photography
Yaa Halla Y'all is a celebration of Middle Eastern dance and music in Grapevine


Texas Family Musicals presents the premiere of The Cab Calloway Story, Aug. 15-17 at Uptown Theater in Grand Prairie

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


Isis and the Star Dancers presents Yaa Halla Y'all, its annual convention and performances dedicated to Middle Eastern dance and music, Aug. 14-17 at the Grapevine Convention Center

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


Rockwall Summer Musicals presents Cole Porter's Anything Goes, Aug. 14-17

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


Simple Sparrow Dance Company presents its summer concert, called DFW Danceworks, with special guests, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 15 and 3:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at MCL Grand Theater in Lewisville

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


Greater Lewisville Community Theatre does Nora and Delia Ephron's Love, Loss and What I Wore, Aug. 15-24

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


Chamber Music International presents harpists Jaymee Haefner and Emily Mitchell at the Briggs Estate in Dallas, in a fundraising performance, 2 p.m. Aug. 17

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


Plaza Theatre Company in Cleburne presents the Neil Sedaka revue Breaking Up is Hard to Do, Aug. 15-Sept. 13

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


Repertory Company Theatre in Richardson does Sondheim's Into the Woods, Aug. 15-24

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more



New to Places! Each week we'll highlight at least one performance in a city outside of Dallas-Fort Worth that's still reasonably driveable. Because this is Texas, that means five hours or less, one way. (So, look for recommendations in Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, etc.)


Photo: Joan Marcus
Hallie Foote as Sibyl Borden and Betty Buckley as Gertrude Hayhurst Sylvester Ratliff in the Signature Theatre production of The Old Friends, opening at the Alley Theatre this week 


Fort Worth's Betty Buckley, along with Hallie Foote, Annalee Jefferies and Veanne Cox star in Horton Foote's The Old Friends, presented by Houston's Alley Theatre at the University of Houston’s Wortham TheatreThe show had its off-Broadway premiere, with much of this same cast, at the Signature Theatre in 2013. The show begins previews Aug. 15, opens Aug. 20 and runs through Sept. 7

» Go here for more info 




These productions will close this weekend

Photo: Karen Almond
The headline-making Les Miserables closes at Dallas Theater Center


Broken the Musical at the Lone Star Room at Gilley’s

» Our review


Dogfight at WaterTower Theatre, Addison

» Our review


The Great American Trailer Park Musical at Runway Theatre in Grapevine

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


Gypsy, presented by Stolen Shakespeare Guild at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center's Sanders Theater

» Our review


Legally Blonde at Denton Community Theatre at the Campus Theatre in Denton

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


Les Misérables, presented by Dallas Theater Center at AT&T Performing Arts Center's Wyly Theatre

» Our review


Peter Pan at Ohlook Performing Arts Center, Grapevine

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know at Richardson Theatre Center

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party at Ohlook Performing Arts Center, Grapevine

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


We've Done It Again: A Mixtape, from Sundown Collaborative Theatre at the Greenspace Arts Collective in Denton

» Our review



a look ahead at 50 performances opening/happening in the subsequent weeks/months

  1. Stage West closes its season with Christopher Durang's Beyond Therapy, Aug. 21-Sept. 28
  2. Circle Theatre opens Bruce Graham's Stella & Lou, Aug. 21-Sept. 20
  3. African American Repertory Theater presents Gee's Bend, Aug. 21-Sept. 7 at the K.D. Studio Theatre
  4. The Fort Worth Symphony's annual Great Performances Festival features the music of Brahms and Dvořák, Aug. 22-24 at Bass Performance Hall
  5. Upstart Productions inaugurates the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Elevator Project with Year of the Rooster, Aug. 22-Sept. 6 at the Studio Theatre in the Wyly Theatre
  6. DVA Productions presents the original revue It's a Man's World, Aug. 22-31 at the Sanders Theater at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center
  7. Theatre Coppell opens its season with Ira Levin's Dr. Cook's Garden, Aug. 22-Sept. 7
  8. Plano Children's Theater presents The Odyssey, Aug. 22-30
  9. 7th Stage Productions presents the fourth Stage Black, a festival of new plays, Aug. 22-24 at the Clarence Muse Cafe Theater in the Black Academy of Arts & Letters
  10. The inaugural Dallas DanceFest happens Aug. 29-31 at City Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District
  11. Artisan Center Theater revives Smoke on the Mountain, Aug. 29-Oct. 4
  12. The tour of the Gershwin revue Nice Work If You Can Get It comes to Dallas Summer Musicals Sept. 2-14; and then to Bass Hall Sept. 16-21
  13. AT&T Performing Arts Center's Off-Broadway on Flora series begins with the tour of Buyer and Cellar, starring Plano native Michael Urie at Dallas City Performance Hall, Sept. 3-6
  14. TeCo Theatrical Productions presents its first PlayPride LGBT Festival, Sept. 4-14 at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center in Oak Cliff
  15. Dark Circles Contemporary Dance does its Fall Series, Sept. 4-6 at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center's Sanders Theatre
  16. Lyric Stage opens its 2014-15 season with a full-orchestra revival of Fiddler on the Roof, Sept. 5-15 at the Irving Arts Center
  17. Frisco Community Theater presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Sept. 5-21
  18. The spoof Silver Screen Slayer is at Pocket Sandwich Theatre, Sept. 5-27
  19. Fort Worth Symphony presents Star Wars & Beyond: A John Williams Adventure, Sept. 5-7 at Bass Performance Hall
  20. Onstage in Bedford presents the musical Next to Normal, Sept. 5-28
  21. The Dallas Symphony's Pops Seasons opens with a program called Let's Dance!, Sept. 5-7 at the Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas
  22. Dallas Theater Center's 2014-15 season opens with The Rocky Horror Show at the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Wyly Theatre, Sept. 11-Oct. 19
  23. Echo Theatre's season opens with Melissa James Gibson's [sic], Sept. 11-27 at the Bath House Cultural Center
  24. Our Productions Theatre Company does God of Carnage, Sept. 11-20 at the MCL Grand Theater in Lewisville
  25. Rover Dramawerks in Plano presents Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, Sept. 11-27
  26. Jim Caruso's Cast Party returns to the Kitchen Cafe in Addison, Sept. 11 and 12
  27. Uptown Player's Fourth Annual Pride Performing Arts Festival, headlined by Dan Savage, is Sept. 12-20 at Kalita Humphreys Theater
  28. MOMIX opens the season for TITAS at AT&T Performing Arts Center's Winspear Opera House, Sept. 12-13
  29. Theatre Britain does Ray Cooney's Out of Order at the Cox Building Playhouse in Plano, Sept. 12-28
  30. Theatre Arlington opens its season with the area premiere of Ed Dixon's Whodunnit, the Musical, Sept. 12-Oct. 5
  31. Bruce Wood Dance Project presents its fall program, Sept. 12-13 at Dallas City Performance Hall
  32. Tarrant Actors Regional Theater opens its second season with The Crucible, Sept. 12-28 at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center
  33. Fort Worth Symphony does Beethoven's Triple Concerto, with pianist Katia Skanavi, Sept. 12-14 at Bass Hall
  34. Comedian Aziz Ansari is at American Airlines Center in Dallas on Sept. 13
  35. Artes de la Rosa presents Andy de la Tour's Viva! at Fort Worth's Rose Marine Theater, Sept. 13-Oct. 5
  36. The Dallas Opera presents a recital with Ailyn Perez and Stephen Costello, Sept. 14 at the Eisemann Center in Richardson
  37. Dallas Chamber Symphony's season kicks off with Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 1, featuring pianist Alex McDonald, at Dallas City Performance Hall, Sept. 16
  38. Undermain Theatre's season opens with the world premiere of Gordon Dahlquist's Tomorrow Come Today, Sept. 16-Oct. 11
  39. Catch the London production of A Streetcar Named Desire, featuring Gillian Anderson and Ben Foster, on area movie screens, 7 p.m. Sept. 16
  40. Shakespeare Dallas' fall show is Antony and Cleopatra, Sept. 17-Oct. 12 at Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre in Dallas and Addison Circle Park
  41. The comedy duo of Tim and Eric (Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim) come to town, with guest John C. Reilly as Dr. Steve Brule, Sept. 18 at the Majestic Theatre
  42. The Oddball Comedy Fest with Louis C.K., Sarah Silverman, Marc Maron and others is a Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas, Sept. 19
  43. The Dallas Children's Theater opens its season with the musical Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale, Sept. 19-Oct. 26
  44. The Kitchen Dog Theater season opens with Thinner Than Water at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Sept. 19-Oct. 27
  45. Hip Pocket Theatre adapts the silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Sept. 19-Oct. 12
  46. Dallas Symphony performs the Mahler 9 at the Meyerson Symphony Center, Sept. 19-21
  47. The Dallas Black Dance Theatre presents its annual DanceAfrica, now an all-day festival in the Dallas Arts District, Sept. 20
  48. Casa Mañana opens its season with The Sound of Music, Sept. 20-28
  49. Dallas Symphony presents Hilary Hahn on a concert of Beethoven, Haydn and Bach-Webern, Sept. 25-28 at the Meyerson Symphony Center
  50. Theatre Three presents Doug Wright, Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green's Hands on a Hardbody, Sept. 25-Oct. 19

» For complete listings of what's happening on North Texas stages, click on the calendar icon at the top right of the page. Once there, you can click the red "Search the Calendar" box, and search for listings by dates, performance type, the presenting company, titles or descriptions. Thanks For Reading

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Here are some of the performing arts events opening on local stages this week. Plus, the list of last-chance shows and a road trip suggestion. Hint: It involves Betty Buckley.
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